Welcome to Trashy Tuesday! I love to talk all kinds of trash here, so pull up your junkiest seat, grab a junkie snack and settle in.
Just a shout out that is not Trashy! My friend Angela from A-Z Custom Creations has been restoring and refurbishing furniture for over 10 years, she launched her blog earlier this year. Her work is phenomenal. She is featuring a Tip-Talking Tuesday feature, and she is featuring my Faux Wood Treatment there. Head over to check it out after you have your fill of Junque here!
We have lived in our home for almost 10 years. We have finally decided to make the decision to purchase grown up Living Room furniture. I know, BIG step. After I recovered from the sticker shock and reminder of how much quality upholstered furniture costs, I did the next sensible thing. Hit the streets to find a used one!
I found a few, but only two came close to making the cut.
I didn’t care for the roundness of this, plus it was a tidge too long.
I really love this one. It has been in my Target shopping center for several weeks now. I drive by it often, wondering if I can somehow make it work. Probably not, it is way too long, too short on the back, and nothing in my home is mid-century über cool. I do hope it goes to a good home before the rain and serious Fall weather sets in.
Sidebar: did you know The Kinks were not just famous for the ubiquitous “Lola” song? They also wrote a lovely diddie about sitting on your sofa. Hopefully I will be sitting on mine soon too.
Mr. Red and I also found a new friend! We named him Manny. Very original. Apparently Manny refrains from junk food…………
A large Sporting Goods store next to my Home Depot is moving and they have a very large dumpster in the back. What would any normal person do, but climb up in flip flops to see what was in there! A mannequin top half! I knew this belonged in our home, so I waited until Mark (suffering husband) was out of town and recruited my kids to help. I brought along a step-ladder, easy climb in, not so much out. The step ladder comes in very handy when hauling large bulky objects out of the dumpsters. We plan to give him a gorgeous paint finish, we just haven’t decided what color and treatment yet.
In the mean time, Manny enjoyed hanging around with my glue gun and crafting with us.
I also found a perfectly good (if not small) boogie board. Perfect for a young friend next time we head to the beach.
Moving on to the real hot spot of junque. My garage! I have been cleaning it and organizing it in stages forevah! I think I unlocked the key to the universe of my messy garage and found a system that will work. Remember my promise to myself, nothing more coming in? I am sticking to it! I still plan to sell off, donate, or get rid of anything that is not painted by December 31st.
Thanks to my friend and coworker, Emma, who helped me set this up in the first place. It is back to decent condition again! You can read about the first major makeover and the amazing transformation from complete Sanford and Sons to Serene HERE.
I took that giant old table someone gave me and made a moveable work table from it! I will share some how-to’s tomorrow. We didn’t waste anytime putting it to work. Here is Mr. Red transforming one of my fabulous Dumpster found Artwork which will now proudly be displayed in his room.
I am most excited that I can get my car in the garage AND shut the garage door! Now that it is not over 100 degrees, this seems a sensible time to finally accomplish this. I like to do things the hard way, like sweat buckets while I wait for my car to cool off. Now I can save myself from some rain at least.
The side yard looks like it has made zero progress. Despite my efforts to alleviate some of it at the local dump, I mean Waste Management and Recycling Depot. Trust me, there is less stuff back there, and I have even managed to salvage some of it. I do plan to salvage as much as I can. Most of the truly junky junque is gone (I think)
The side yard gets the same hard core December 31st treatment as the garage. What will I do with all that vacant space??? Won’t you miss the pictures and sharing them with your significant other to prove you are not as much of a junk hoarder as moi?
Who knows, maybe I will elevate myself to a whole new level of Dumpster Diving refinement once I find my way through all the Dumpster Items I have accumulated.
In the meantime, keep on being Trashy!